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Air ensign of Luxembourg - Image by António Martins & Mark Sensen, 17 May 2002
The ensign of Luxembourg is made of ten horizontal white and blue stripes with a red lion over all. The proportions are 5:7. The name of this ensign is the rode lew (red lion). It is a banner of the lesser national arms.
The ensign was established by the Law on National Emblems of 23 June 1972. The illustrations appended to the text are just a picturial information, they are not part of the Law:
Les armoiries du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, le drapeau national et le pavillon de la batellerie et de l'aviation sont reproduits en annexe à la présente loi, le texte seul faisant foi.
Before 1990, this flag was the water canal transport ensign and at the same time the air ensign.
The square version of the ensign is also the obverse of the army flag and the obverse of the Gendarmerie flag.
Pascal Vagnat, 8 March 2003
The Luxembourg defence forces do not possess an aviation complement, but for political reasons NATO aircraft are registered in the Grand Duchy. The NATO symbol, a four-pointed compass design in blue, appears in normal possitions on wings, fuselage and fin. Since the mid-1980s aircraft have also carried a roundel based on the national arms of Luxembourg. This is a red lion on a blue and white striped disc.
The image in the source actually shows a rectangular white pannel with blue NATO compass, just in inverted colours as on the NATO flag.
Source: Military Aircraft Insignia of the World [cos98]
Željko Heimer, 16 May 2002